Every Washington wrestler wants to make it to The Dome in Tacoma to have a chance at the state championship. The first step is to place high enough at the sub-regional tournament to make it to the regional tournament. Several wrestlers from area 2A schools took the first step by placing first or second in the 2A sub-regional tournament this past Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hockinson High School. The next step is to make it through Regionals, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Four Hockinson Hawks will advance to regionals and one will try to pigtail into the tournament. Colton Wheeler took first place at 170 as did Nathan Balderas at 285. Dale Anderson took home second place at 145, and Aiden Mallory did the same at 182. Colton Record secured a fourth place finish, which means he may get a shot at being in the regional tournament if one of the qualifying wrestlers misses weight or has another issue.
The Ridgefield Spudders will send three wrestlers to the tournament and five more will attend with hopes of pigtailing in. Dylan Draper took first place at 126, beating Washougal rival Cole Pass in a spirited battle. Teammate Dawson Lieurance pinned his way to the championship position at 220. Bryce Lawrence took second place at 160, earning him a place at the regional tournament. Miles Bethel and Cameron Salewski each took third place at 152 and 182 respectively. Finally, Cole Anderson, Elijah Engstrom and Jordan Nash placed fourth at 220, 170 and 126 pounds.
Woodland will advance the most wrestlers to the 2A regional tournament with six, plus one seeking to pigtail in. The Beavers had four champions at sub Regionals. The finals at 106 was all Woodland as teammates Judeah Sanders and Gaige Pilot battled for the championship. It would be Sanders who would take home first place. At 113 pounds Josiah Sanders took second place. First place finishes were recorded by JJ Fuerst, Luke Parrish and Jacob Flanagan at 120, 160 and 195 pounds, respectively. Finally, Josiah Morales finished third at 132.
Results from around the rest of North County
Battle Ground performed well in 4A Greater St. Helens District Championship at Camas High School last weekend, including two champions, and will send the following 11 grapplers to regionals in Pasco next weekend.
Brett Joner, district champion; Austin Stewart, district champion; Matthew Victoriano, fourth; Miguel Victoriano, third; Nolan Valitalo, qualified as alternate; Spencer Inserra, third; Nick Leckwold, fifth; Noah Renk, second; Jordan Sullivan, fifth; Grant Kinkaid, alternate; and for the girls, Lizzy Kinnan qualified as an alternate.
As a team, Prairie placed third overall in 3A Greater St. Helens district championship tournament, including an individual championship by Brayden Sofianos.
Those headed to regionals next Saturday in Spokane include:
Second place finishes: Noah Larsen and Connor Wood; third place finishes: Bridger Paradis, Jason Wilcox, Jacob Darley, Jacob Lyle, Nick Langer; fourth place finishes: Zack Brown, Ben Matson, Justace Walmer, and Riley Frazier; fifth place finish: Easton Lane.
Nine La Center grapplers advanced after last weekend's A1 sub-district tournament and will head to regionals in Castle Rock this weekend:
Mitchell France took third in the 106 weight class; Layne Harris took third in the 113 weight class; Hunter Mallicoat took third in the 126 weight class; Clay Roberts took third in the 170 weight class; Sam Kitchell took fourth in the 170 weight class; Max Muffett took third in the 195 weight class; and Robel Grove took first place in the 132 weight class.
Both Abby Kapp and Tiffany Chandler finished in fourth places; Madi Osborne will serve as an alternate after a fifth place finish.